Virginia bills propose higher fuel taxes, crash study

| Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Two bills introduced earlier this year in the Virginia General Assembly should be of interest to truckdrivers. A Senate bill proposes boosting the state's fuels tax and a House resolution bill requests a study on crashes involving trucks and other large vehicles.

SB178, introduced by Sen. Kevin G. Miller (R-Harrisonburg), calls for raising taxes on diesel fuel, gasoline and gasohol to help finance transportation projects in the state. The bill would boost the tax on diesel fuel from 16 cents per gallon to 18 cents. The tax on gasoline and gasohol would rise from 17.5 cents to 22.5 cents. The bill has been referred to the Senate finance committee.

HJ23 requests a study on crashes involving trucks and other large vehicles. The study would investigate why other motorists collide with trucks and other large vehicles stopped on the roadways and shoulders of highways.

The study, to be conducted by Crash Investigation Team of Virginia Commonwealth University's Transporation Safety Training Center and the Virginia Transportation Research Council, would also make recommendations as to how the frequency and severity of such crashes may be reduced. The bill, introduced by Delegate Robert G. Marshall (R-Manasas), has been referred to the House rules committee.

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